MARION, Texas --
Wed, 19 Feb 2014, 10:16 AM
Big Money Kick-off Classic @ San Antonio Raceway
By J M Hallas
San Antonio Raceway held its annual Big Money Kick-off Classic as the unofficial(non-points) start
to the bracket racing season. Drivers in the Electronics class looked to pick a potential, based on
car count, $3,000 to win each day, while the Footbrakers had a possible $700 payday on the line and
the Jr. Dragsters vying for up to $350.
Brett Zampese on launch taking the Dialing for Dollars jackpot
Action this for this years version of the Kick-off Classic was run on the 1/8 mile in an effort to
limit strain on parts and racers budgets. The Kick-off classic features a special format, that I've
dubbed 'the red fish, blue fish game', where drivers have the opportunity to enter in two sides of
a ladder bracket giving them double the chances of making it to the finals. Different color tech
cards keep the brackets straight and gave me the idea for the Dr. Seuss name reference.
Mother Nature was kind to racers, teams and fans, after the miserable, cold, wet conditions for the
previous weeks. Sunny, warm temperatures(70's) during the day helped bring track temperatures up to
the mid 80's when eliminations began. As the sun set, and the full moon rose temperatures cooled a
bit, but track conditions remained good.
Zampese Zips to Dialing for Dollars Dough
Brett Zampese went home with the jackpot in the 'Dialing for Dollars' shootout, basically a third
time trial but with a buy-in jackpot. At the start, Ruben Gallegos was first out on his Suzuki
Hayabusa setting the standard only missing his dial in by .0044. After lasting through nearly the
entire group Gallegos lost to Zampese in his dragster who ran off number by only .0017.
Bass/Hinojosa Split Electronic Payday
Brandon Bass co-winner of Electronics(Box) wrinkling the slicks
on take off
Half of the Electronics(Box) money stayed in San Antonio with Brandon Bass and the other half went
to the valley with Victor Hinojosa(Laredo). Both drivers choose the split option for the finals and
saved their equipment by not making a pass.
Brandon Bass/Victor Hinojosa-No pass/Split purse
Victor Hinojosa co-winner of Electronics(Box) finals doing
Hinojosa, in his 69 Plymouth Road Runner, almost made it through both sides of the bracket going 5
rounds in each. He faced some tough local competition along the way, including the Pennington
group, Carlos Carrasco sr., Bobby Mendez, Leroy O'Bryant and Jeff Rabedeau returning after a year
off. Bass, in his Brando Custom Paint Dragster, had a similar road to hoe, facing off against Aaron
Cole, B. Zampese, P. Pennington, Carrasco and making his debut in a big dragster, Austin Philpot
who went .0003(3/10,000th) red in semi's against Bass.
Dyrenfurth Dashes to Footbrake Dollars
Walter Dyrenfurth, Footbrake(No-box winner) gets the front
Laurie Vontour(San Antonio) and Walter Dyrenfurth(Austin) made their way to the finals in
Footbrake(No-box) in a Chevy versus Pontiac match up for the win. Dyrenfurth nailed the tree with a
..008 light leaving Vontour standing at the line. Vontour tried to make up the lost time, but broke
out in the process assuring Dyrenfurth of the victory.
Walter Dyrenfurth, 6.815 @ 89.16 defeats Laurie Vontour, 6.640 @ 103.64
Dyrenfurth, in his Austin Mobile Mechanics, 69 Pontiac Firebird, took out D. Brinkketer, R.Trevino,
C. Fuller, Dennis Soefje, Ruben Gallegos and W. Dockery before facing Vontour in the finals.
Vontour, driving her Nogalitos Gear, Longs Racing Engine, 66 Chevy II, trailered Dave Patton,
Lutzenberger, B. Grudle, Sherman Davis and Art Morales, plus a bye on her trip to the finals.
Hillin out hustles Philpot in Jr Dragsters
Kenneth Hillin(near) readies for finals with Aaron Philpot in Jr
A pair of young guns, destined to graduate to the big cars soon, squared off in the Jr. Dragster
finals. Multi-time event winner, Kenneth Hillin(San Antonio) went home with the money taking out
Aaron Philpot(Boerne) in a close one. Both left with close reaction times, but Hillin ran an 8.727
on an 8.70 while Philpot clocked in at 7.993 on a 7.92 dial in.
Kenneth Hillin, 8.727 @ 74.98 defeats, Aaron Philpot, 7.993 @ 80.82
Hillin bested defending track champ, Emily Ball twice and got a bye to make the finals. Philpot
rebought after a first round red light, then got by Haily Ball and Caden Meuth on his way to the
For more info you can visit www.sanantonioraceway.com or their facebook page, www.facebook.com/SARaceway
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